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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted by The Associated Press about police tactics after killings, protests

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, is quoted by The Associated Press about how police departments are revamping training guidelines as a result of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the resulting protests in the story, “Police Altering Tactics After Killings, Protests,” which follows. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted in Wall Street Journal regarding police tactics

Police departments around the country are racing to develop new training rules on the use of force, a response that has gained urgency amid scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department and an emerging consensus that law-enforcement practices need to be reviewed and revamped. Continue reading »

Professor Ron Wright quoted in New Republic regarding Eric Garner’s death at hands of NYPD

Many of the people who took umbrage at the public outcry over a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson—the now-former police officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson—cited the endless ambiguities surrounding that incident as evidence that the system had worked as intended. Continue reading »

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons quoted in International Business Times about possible civil suit against Ferguson police officer

Michael Brown’s family would face a number of legal hurdles if they filed a lawsuit against former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in civil court, including laws that make it impossible to go after police officers as individuals for legal liability in state courts, according to law experts. Even if successful, a civil suit against Wilson isn’t likely to result in significant monetary damages, and a case against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, or St. Louis County would be even tougher to win. Continue reading »

Adjunct Professor of Law Don Vaughan

Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (’79) discusses ‘Susie’s Law’ animal abuse law in News & Record

Adjunct Professor Don Vaughan (’79)  was a leading advocate for Susie’s Law, an animal abuse law that went into effect four years ago, and Vaughan has used Susie’s Law at Wake Forest University School of Law and at Elon University School of Law to show students how a bill is made. Previous reports from WRAL cite that Susie’s Law, or House Bill 1609, reclassifies the “malicious abuse, torture or killing” of an animal as a Class H felony. That increases the penalties for animal cruelty to a maximum 10-month jail sentence.

When Donna Lawrence wakes up every day, she rubs her dog’s head, feeling the scars that run from her skull all the way down her back. Hair won’t ever grow there, and Susie, the pit bull mix with the big brown eyes and brindle coat, will always have stubs for ears.

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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons writes op/ed in New York Times about bias straining police prosecutions

The following op/ed by Professor Kami Chavis Simmons ran on the Opinion page of the New York Times on Nov. 25 under the headline, “Bias Can Strain an Already Difficult Standard in Prosecuting Police.” Continue reading »

Professor Gregory Parks

Professor Gregory Parks quoted in Baltimore Sun about fraternity hazing

Professor Gregory Parks addresses fraternity hazing in the following Baltimore Sun story, stating he believes the national Greek organizations bear the greatest responsibility for preventing hazing, adding that universities should encourage more positive bonding experiences. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells Winston-Salem Journal she wasn’t surprised by Ferguson, Mo., jury decision

Local civil-rights activists say they are disappointed that a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decided Monday not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

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Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall to help shape health care policy as member of Institute of Medicine

Since 1970, the Institute of Medicine has recognized and tapped into the collective knowledge of a broad range of health care experts, and has now added another Triad expert to its number. Continue reading »

Professor Alan Palmiter

Professor Alan Palmiter quoted in New York Times on Valeant’s $53 billion hostile takeover bid for Allergan, maker of Botox

Professor Alan Palmiter is quoted in an Oct. 26, 2014, New York Times article on Valeant Pharmaceuticals ‘ partnering with a hedge fund to buy out Allergan, the maker of Botox.

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